The Premier League returns tonight after three months on the subs bench, and while we’ll all kick back for a big summer of footy – it’s not quite how we anticipated it would be!
Ready for three months of wall-to-wall Premier League? Check out our five things to look out for right here…
Aston Villa v Sheffield United (Sky Sports Premier League, 6PM)
It all kicks off with a tie that has huge repercussions at both the top and bottom of the table.
Villa are scrapping to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. A victory at 11/5 would see them leap out of the danger zone, but they face a Sheffield United side at 13/10 still with a sniff of the Champions League places.
The home side’s lynchpin John McGinn could return to the starting line-up and you can find Villa’s top-scorer Jack Grealish at 11/4 to score anytime.
We go 11/4 for Dean Smith’s men to win the first half.
Man City v Arsenal (Sky Sports Premier League, 8:15PM)
Then we turn to the blue side of Manchester for two clubs that have stuttered and stalled so far this campaign.
City beat Arsenal 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season and are 1/3 for the win again tonight.
This will be the first time Mikel Arteta goes back to City since he was announced Arsenal manager in December 2019. We’ve gone 15/2 that he gets one over on his old employers and keeps the Gunners in the race for European football next season.
Aymeric Laporte could be back to shore-up the Citizens defence, but you could expect goals in this one Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals is 17/20.
The Premier League – What will be different?
So, what’s different? Been watching the Bundesliga or caught some of La Liga? It’s clear to see there’s not much change with the on-field action.
But off the field it’s the virtual crowd noise and socially distanced subs that have captured the attention most – so what are the Premier League doing?
- – Sky Sports will use an interactive app for fans to control team-specific crowd noise in each game
- – All matches will be behind closed doors, with a maximum of 300 people allowed inside the stadium, including journalists, pundits and club personnel
- – Teams are now able to make five substitutions – rather than three – in each match and can name nine subs on the bench.
- – Staggered entry onto the pitch for players and staff with no handshaking. You may see the magic spray out too, for deep cleaning the corner flags, goalposts and match balls etcetera.
- – VAR will continue to be in operation
More Premier League games televised free-to-air
Ever dreamed of a football wonderland, where you can watch the beautiful game for free for months on end? Well you’re about to find out what that’s like over the next 40 days before the season’s climax on 26 July.
A significant portion of the remaining 92 Premier League games will go free-to-air across television partners including Amazon Prime, Pick, Sky Sports and the BBC.
Brighton and Hove Albion’s game against Arsenal on BT Sport on Saturday 20th June will be first ever 3PM fixture to be aired on television.
The free-to-air breakdown is as follows;
- 25 of 64 games – Sky Sports
- 4 matches – Amazon Prime
- 4 matches – BBC
BT Sport will be showcasing 20 games through their subscription service.
Are you ready for the run in?
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